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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bag of bones
The first showing of this was on tv earlier this year.
Wasn't my idea to watch it but I loved it, great story and it keeps you gripped all the way through. It was actually like 3 hours long when watching it on tv but it didn't feel like that long as some films can drag - this one I wanted to carry on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag!
The storyline - very reminiscent of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story" is far better suited to the novel format and unfortunately fails to convince on the small screen despite hard work on the part of all the cast. Good production values and several startling shock effects may hold your attention but one never really fully engages with this 2 and a 1/2 hour made for TV...
Published 6 months ago by Adrian Drew


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5.0 out of 5 stars Bag of bones, 16 July 2013
This review is from: Bag of Bones [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
The first showing of this was on tv earlier this year.
Wasn't my idea to watch it but I loved it, great story and it keeps you gripped all the way through. It was actually like 3 hours long when watching it on tv but it didn't feel like that long as some films can drag - this one I wanted to carry on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best stephen king dvd, 30 Aug 2013
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best book interpretation highly recommended!!!!!!!!! if you loved the book youll love this but read the book if you havent already
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 7 Mar 2014
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Unsurprisingly, the plot of the feature is what sets it apart due to its basis from Stephen King's book by the same name. Aside from a few modifications, the plot follows that of the book - a recipe for success in itself. Pierce Brosnan doesn't provide a career best performance, but he plays his part believably and is more than watchable. For me the only weakness is the cinematography which at times seems a little too dynamic and moving for its own good as I feel the feature would benefit from some more still-action shots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag!, 24 Jun 2014
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The storyline - very reminiscent of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story" is far better suited to the novel format and unfortunately fails to convince on the small screen despite hard work on the part of all the cast. Good production values and several startling shock effects may hold your attention but one never really fully engages with this 2 and a 1/2 hour made for TV movie. Yet another rather disappointing adaptation of one of Stephen King's novels - the length and complexity of which are probably best suited to mini-series. Director Mick Garris is competent but fails to deliver more than a run of the mill adaptation and the fragmented and unconvincing script doesn't help much either. I only hope that Pierce Brosnan was well paid for being in this - as it certainly doesn't do much for his fading career. Yes, it's okay, but don't expect any more than that....
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHORTENS THE STORY,BUT DOES THE JOB, 17 Oct 2012
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After reading the brilliant book of the same name,this naturally became a bit of a must see for me.
It is possible that people that have read the book will enjoy this more as it's good to see the tale put into film,but then maybe those that don't know the story won't know what the book had that the film didn't and therefor won't be disapointed by that.
However,all that said,i thought this was really well done and don't think it's fair to ask for a better job on what is a long story,it's shorter in film form,but it really does tell the basic story with a lot of care and attention.
The story being about a middle aged man losing his wife,but as she was crushed by a truck,it's discovered she was pregnant,thing is,he's certain he couldn't provide kids for her.
So this writer now has trouble dealing with loss,confusion,suspicion and of course writing anything new.
He feels drawn to the lakeside retreat he and his wife loved so much,it becomes clear she went there during her final days to do something,but what?
This place now seems to be haunted,flashes of horrific scenes,bells ringing,letter magnets spelling things out,what's going on?
Then Sara Tidwell records start playing on their own,who is Sara and what is her tragic story and it's connection to this place.
Then there's a young woman with an adorable little girl,the girl he saves,the woman he starts falling far. But what's with the little girl and what she knows about another young girl. There's also an evil old man after this young woman's daughter,for reasons connected to a curse that the writer hears about.
What curse,what's really going on?
This whole puzzle does indeed fit together and it's most interesting when it does,what a great story.
Anyone that has read the book might well be disappointed by the lack of certain things and other things seems rushed,but they had to be to fit into the 2 hours 40 minutes version of the story and i had no problem with this. So some parts come across a little differently and the characters may not be as fleshed out as they are in the book,but they are good enough to tell the story and the little girl is still adorable,even if not quite as much as in the book,but the characters are well acted and have enough flesh on them to make sense of the whole thing.
After all,people without flesh are just a bag of bones.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DARK SCORE CRAZY, 3 Aug 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bag of Bones [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Pierce Bronson plays Michael Noonan, a New England author, in a continuing of Stephen King's write about things you are series. When is wife, who he truly loved, dies, he is drawn to their lake home. Noonan has nightmares about his wife in the final scene of "Quarantine". At the lake home he inadvertently gets involved in a local drama and discovers some small town secrets that frankly would make a good novel, which BTW he has to write.

I enjoyed the simple ghostly images and hauntings. Noonan takes the paranormal in stride as he tries to uncover more about the illness known as Dark Score Crazy which causes people to drown their daughters. What is unfortunate is any Stephen King fan can watch the film and see where the master has done this before. For instance when we see the computer screen with the same line written over and over, one can not help think about "The Shining." The question begs: Does King want us to think about "The Shining" and give us a clue that Noonan is crazy or is it a deliberate misdirection? Or maybe King is starting to recycle old trunk novels as does the writer in the story. Outside of Noonan, the characters were poorly developed, especially considering the length of the film.

While I enjoyed the film, I have come to expect more from Stephen King.

Made for TV. Includes a rape scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not play in the UK, 12 Jan 2013
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Was a US version, had no packinging to return. Waste of time and money. Never stated it would not work in the UK.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lie still, bag of bones, 24 Feb 2014
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Out of Stephen King's countless books, "Bag of Bones" is probably the easiest to adapt -- it's a straightforward ghost story about revenge, murder and writer's block.

So of course it was eventually adapted into a TV miniseries of the same name, with Pierce Brosnan playing a bestselling author (take a shot) staying in a small Maine town (take a shot) with some ugly skeletons in its closet. The first half is a tedious affair, mostly setting up various clues for Brosnan -- but the second half is a genuinely disturbing, heartrending tale.

After his pregnant wife Jo (Annabeth Gish) is killed by a runaway bus, writer Mike Noonan (Brosnan) is understandably devastated. He also finds himself unable to write, so he ends up heading off to the Maine lake-house that Jo had been fixing up for several months. He also is grappling with suspicions that Jo was unfaithful to him, since he was told that they couldn't have children.

But during his stay, he begins to see strange ghostly events -- fridge magnets spell out messages, strong winds blow, and the music of 1930s blues singer Sara Tidwell (Anika Noni Rose) plays. Soon Mike figures out that there are two ghosts: one is Jo, and the other is far more malevolent.

He also inadvertently becomes involved in a custody battle between wealthy, cruel Max Devore (William Schallert) and his beautiful daughter-in-law Mattie (Melissa George) over Mattie's young daughter Kyra (Caitlin Carmichael). But as Mike tries to figure out why Devore wants his granddaughter, he learns of a string of brutal murders stretching back through the years -- and the terrible crimes that started it all.

The first episode of "Bag of Bones" moves at a very slow pace, primarily devoted to setting up the clues and the whole custody battle. In fact, a lot of it is about Mike drifting around, struggling to write and having strange visions that are (of course) prophetic -- and if it weren't for the occasional ghostly visitations, you might forget that this is a Stephen King story.

One advantage of the slow episode is that it gives Brosnan plenty of time to develop Mike. Yes, he's another bestselling writer character with a personal tragedy, but it feels so much more REAL with Brosnan. He really makes you feel the life-destroying anguish of losing your spouse (possibly drawing from experience), and the passionate paternal feelings that Kyra stokes in him.

But the second episode lashes together the horror, clues and custody battle into one dark, bloody package -- and suddenly the horror is flowing pretty quickly. Ironically, the most horrifying part is the human capacity for brutality (a graphic rape-murder scene, the attempts to kill children), but there is still plenty of ropy-faced zombies, curses and the occasional crazy old crone throwing rocks or scissors.

One major problem, however, is Max Devore and his crazy sidekick Rogette. These characters are so utterly, revoltingly, sadistically evil that they become cartoons rather than antagonists -- it wouldn't surprise me if they tortured puppies for fun. And it's never really explained why various men want to kill a kid who isn't theirs. Do they think it will lift the curse? I have no idea.

It takes its sweet time to drag itself to the horror content, but if you can hang on through the slow, character-building first episode, "Bag of Bones" is a dark and heartfelt ghost story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bag of Bones, 19 Jun 2014
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Virtually a two hour film with good story line, a few tears, and a twist. Enjoyed film however don't think I could watch again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 7 Feb 2014
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great film great twist. It is the kind of film that makes you jump while watching it. If you into horrors then you will enjoy this
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